Press Club of Dallas

Club donates famous photograph by former SMU student

November 10, 2012
Members of the Dallas Press Club were cleaning out their storage unit last winter when a large photograph caught their attention.  It was a picture of the moment when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of Dallas police headquarters on November 24, 1963. Taken by former SMU student Bob Jackson (1952-57), who was working for the Dallas Times Herald at the time, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for News Photography.

According to Dallas Press Club President Liz Oliphant, Jackson donated the photograph to the Club shortly after the assassination.  “The photo hung in the Press Club for a long time,” says Oliphant. “When we no longer had club facilities – around 2005 – it went into storage along with many other mementos. When we discovered the photo, we donated it to the Journalism Division at Meadows.”

Professor and Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism Tony Pederson says the photograph has historic significance.

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Photographer Bob Jackson signs his historic photo at the Sixth Floor Museum on Nov. 11, 2012

Jackson with his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph.

The signed photograph will be on display at the east entrance of the Journalism wing in the Umphrey Lee Center on the SMU campus.

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